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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Saints for All Seasons: Lavina Fielding Anderson and Bernard Shaw's Joan of Arc
Saints for All Seasons: Lavina Fielding Anderson and Bernard Shaw's Joan of Arc1 Karen Marguerite Moloney In September of 1993 Lavina Fielding Anderson was excommunicated from the LDS church for documenting and publishing instances of the church's punishing treatment of Mormon intellectuals and feminists, as well as other instances of ecclesiastical abuse.2 Shortly after her excommunication, Lavina was interviewed live by Rod Decker in Salt Lake City for the television program "Take Two." Her equanimity and witty rejoinders reminded me of the deft response to prosecutors made by the title character in Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan (1924), his dramatization of the conflicting claims of institutional loyalty and individual conscience. The real-life Joan of Arc—convicted of heresy and burned at the stake in 1. I would like to thank Lavina Fielding Anderson for access to unpublished materials, despite her inability to "put [herself] and Joan of Arc in the same sentence with a straight face." In this sentiment she actually echoes Shaw's Joan: "[F]ancy me a saint! What would St Catherine and St Margaret say if the farm girl was cocked up beside them!" (Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue [London: Penguin, 1957], epilogue, 155; hereafter SJ.) Lavina declined my invitation to respond to this essay, stating, "I think that your piece will stand very well on its own. ..." (Lavina Fielding Anderson to Karen Marguerite Moloney, 22 July 2003). 2. Lavina is part of a group of scholars who have been disciplined by the church for challenging its official history, authoritarian practices, and view of women's roles. As one of the "September Six" who were brought to trial during the same month in 1993 (the others were D. Michael Quinn, Paul Toscano, Avraham Gileadi, Maxine Hanks, and Lynne Kanavel Whitesides), Lavina's story has received widespread news coverage. Since that time, there has been an on-going purge: Janice Allred, David Wright, Brent Metcalfe, and Margaret Toscano have all been excommunicated for their writings. And others continue to be called before church leaders for disagreeing with mainstream church teachings through their scholarship.